Formerly called Friends of Rainbows United, the Friends of the Heart had their first event in 2003, a book shower that collected nearly 100 books for Rainbows. This group was founded to enrich the lives of the children and families served by Rainbows through volunteerism, friend raising, and fundraising. They foster community support for Rainbows by increasing public awareness through special events and volunteer projects. In 2005, they started the first Fashion Passion event that raised over $16,000. Since then, Fashion Passion has grown into the biggest fundraising night for Rainbows United and has grown every year thanks to the dedication of the Friends of the Heart. Over the past 10 years, Fashion Passion has generated $1.5 million for children with special needs and their families. Many of the Friends of Heart members that helped start Fashion Passion are still involved today!
Fashion Passion growth of net proceeds:
2012 – $231,000
2013 – $255,000
2014 – $300,000
2015 Goal – $350,000
Fashion Passion 2015 Honorary Events Chairs: George and Jocelyne Laham Fashion Passion 2015 Event Chairs: LewJene Schneider and Tony Caputo This year’s fabulous Planning Committee: Sue Dondlinger – Sweet Treats Bill and Lisa Farris– Sponsorship Chair Kimberly Joachims – Logistics Chair Nancy Jabara and Val Learned – Fashiontini & Black Label Bar Chair Jo Walters – Big Ideas & Silent Auction Dawn Alldritt Cathy and Steve Butcher Diane Cottingham Felicia DeSpain Kendall Drake Heather Feist Stephanie Galichia Jackie Gearhart Jackie Haydock Richelle Knotts April Lucas Sherri Marney Cindy Rodman Shannon Rowe LewJene Schneider Margaret Shook 2014 Friends of the Heart